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Summer Earnings: Good and Bad

Teenagers working this summer are earning great pay, with the average hourly wage this summer a whopping $17.50. That means that working 20 hours per week all summer would earn a student about $3,500. That’s great news for someone who’s trying to save money for college– but it could come back to hurt you on the FAFSA. Remember that student…

Dual Enrollment

How can you get four years of college for the price of two? How can you make sure all of your community college credits transfer to your four-year college? How do you get scholarships for freshmen as a transfer student? The answer to all these questions? Dual enrollment. Dual enrollment programs allow students to enroll simultaneously at a community college…

Podcasts, Podcasts and More!

I’ve had a blast being a guest on a few podcasts recently: On The Money Mindset Podcast, host Ashley Patrick and I talked about balancing college savings and funding with a family’s other financial responsibilities, best practices in borrowing for college, and so much more. On Pumped Up Parenting, host Celia Kibler and I talked financial aid, the FAFSA, and…

Prepaid Tuition Plans

If you’ve looked at your 529 statement lately, you might have wondered if there’s a college savings option that earns a return without the volatility we’ve seen for the last six months. Prepaid tuition plans are one such option. Prepaid tuition plans have pros– like guaranteed returns– but also some cons to make up for those. Is a prepaid tuition…

Tuition is Up, But So Are Tuition Discounts

Like prices for everything else, college costs are rising once again. After two years of historically low increases in tuition– where college prices actually decreased in inflation-adjusted terms– college cost increases are returning to previous norms. Syracuse and Boston University both raised tuition more than 4%; the University of Virginia is raising by more than 8%. All while your 529…

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